RHA MA 390 Wire­less

One of the best neck­buds for the price

Mac|Life - - CONTENTS - Lewis Leong

$69.95 From RHA, rha-au­dio.com Fea­tures Blue­tooth, aptX and AAC, USB–C, six eartips, sports clip, carry pouch Au­dio spe­cial­ist RHA is known for its ex­cel­lent build qual­ity, and the MA390 Wire­less head­set is no ex­cep­tion. The ear­buds are milled out of a solid piece of alu­minum — in­clud­ing the in­line mic — mak­ing the set feel much more pre­mium than its $69.95 price tag ini­tially sug­gests.

The neck­band is made of sil­i­cone, mak­ing it IPX4 sweat and wa­ter re­sis­tant. There’s also a rub­ber door that hides the USB–C charg­ing con­nec­tor and we’re glad RHA has jumped to USB–C, un­like other head­phone mak­ers who are stick­ing with Mi­cro–USB.

While the neck­band ter­mi­nates with plas­tic at each end, it doesn’t feel cheap and keeps the weight low. The lightweight de­sign is great for long lis­ten­ing ses­sions and ex­tended work outs at the gym, though the MA390 Wire­less does lack wing tips.

In terms of fit, we found the RHA MA390 Wire­less ex­tremely com­fort­able thanks to the smaller ear­buds. They’re so small that we felt com­fort­able sleep­ing with them. RHA packs in small, medium, and large eartips to help you find a good fit and the com­pany also in­cludes a pouch… which would’ve been nice if it wasn’t much too small for the MA390 Wire­less! In any case, wire­less per­for­mance is gen­er­ally ex­cel­lent and we never had au­dio dropouts. We could move sev­eral rooms away from our mu­sic source be­fore the con­nec­tion stut­tered.

For bat­tery life, the RHA MA390 Wire­less are rated for eight hours and we saw slightly be­low that. At mod­er­ate lis­ten­ing lev­els, we saw seven hours of lis­ten­ing con­sis­tently. Thank­fully, the USB–C con­nec­tion means they charge up rel­a­tively quickly.

Pop­u­lar neck­buds like the BeatsX and the Jay­bird X3 are more ex­pen­sive and don’t sound as good, mak­ing the RHA MA390 Wire­less a no–brainer if you want fun sound, high build qual­ity, and an el­e­gant de­sign.

the bot­tom line. One of the best deals for wire­less neck­buds — well made, ex­cel­lent sound, and af­ford­able in price.

Even the in­line mic is made from alu­minum to give a good qual­ity feel.

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